knitting

Repetition

They say that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is a sign of insanity. Well, I was expecting the same results so I guess I’m safe, for now. Or at least I was hoping for the same results, because the first Color Affection I made was full of happy making magic!

Color Affection part deux is off the needles, washed, blocked, and ready for its first public appearance. I’d have worn it to work today but it’s a bit too warm out. This winter in general has not been very knitwear friendly. I’m ready for a whopper of a blizzard!

I really can’t rave about this pattern enough. For those that don’t know it, it’s the Color Affection shawl from Rain Knitwear Designs. This yarn, primo fingering from the Plucky Knitter, is also fantastic to knit with. Together, the stripes, the short rows, the colors, the garter stitch, the size, the FUN! Seriously, I’m not a big fan of shawl knitting (or wearing). But this thing, it’s more than just a shawl. It’s a work of art. One that wears nicely wrapped around the neck for us guys. And one that is so soft and warm and full of garter stitch love. And the construction makes it a pretty quick knit for a shawl of this size.

Do it! And hope for a nice blizzard while you’re at it!

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Crawling out from under life

It’s been a busy few months, obviously the Project 365 crashed and burned.  It did however continue longer than blogging about it did.  The entire set can be seen here.

Knitting has been happening despite the crazy work and life schedule.  Still in progress but so close to finished I can taste it are both the Stripe Study shawl and Huron sweater (which is so close to being finished I should be spanked that it isn’t).

Stripe Study progress

Huron - almost done!

An actual finished project, the Color Affection shawl made from a kit from The Plucky Knitter, my favorite thing in the world at the moment.  I loved this pattern and yarn so much that I’ve already cast on for another.  Seriously, everyone needs one of these!  Of course now that it’s done, it’s too warm out to wear it…in New England in January?

Nifty Neutrals Color Affection


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Just in time for the first forecast of snow, finished woollies!

The shawl has been lingering on the needles for a year now. It was the first shipment of the AVFKW Pro-Verbial club, Blue Whale shawl by Stephen West, AVFKW indigo dyed Luster yarn (75% BFL wool, 25% tussah silk). I didn’t love it during knitting, hence the long stall, but love it now that it’s been blocked. The texture of the pattern is great and the yarn gives it a nice drape. It’ll be a nice addition to the winter accessory pile.

This isn’t the first appearance of these socks here, I may be slightly obsessed 😉
The yarn is Noro Silk Garden Sock purchased at Windsor Button. One skein was more than enough and surprisingly resulted in perfectly matching socks. For a singles yarn it feels like it will hold up fine, it’s tough stuff. I have another skein of this, matching gloves may be in order.

Bonus – the obligatory modeled shot


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Busy weekend so far, but managed to squeeze in some knitting and finally finish the Noro socks. They came out great, fit perfectly, and are exact matches (totally unplanned and unexpected). Also got some baking done (lemon berry crumble bars, so good and easy), cleaned the apartment, and got to spend some time tonight with old co-workers from State Street.

Now I need to find something to knit for my mom’s birthday, off to search!

Socks soaking in suds…


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It’s that time of year! The temperature is starting to fall, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are starting to change. This can only mean one thing to us knitters and spinners…Rhinebeck! For those of you not in the know, Rhinebeck is the location of one of the country’s largest sheep & wool festivals, the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival to be exact.

Nestled between the Berkshires and the Catskills, it is the perfect location for an amazing fall festival. There’s wool, yarn, beer, wine, cheese, artichokes, fried stuff, quality people watching, great friends, and loads of fun and laughter to be had. I’m working tomorrow and leaving early Friday, so figured I’d better get down to business and start picking out what hand knits to bring along! On a sour note, this process has made me aware that my seasick socks are missing…the hunt is on.


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Today was a long day at work after a short night of sleep. Got locked out of my apartment last night at 11pm, waited over an hour for a locksmith, and had to pay $200. All I had time or patience to photograph today was my Noro sock in progress. It’s the only thing making me smile today!


Cafe au Lait mittens

I saw the Cafe au Lait mitts in my local yarn store and decided to make them full mittens for my mom as a Christmas gift.  Below is my addition to the original pattern to make the full mittens as opposed to mitts. 

Cafe au Lait

Cafe Au Lait Mittens

I worked the 8 row lace pattern 7 times and then decreased as follows:

Row 1: (K3, K2tog, K1)(K3, K2tog, YO, K1) Repeat around ending with (K3, K2tog, K1)

Row 2: (K2, K2tog, YO, K1)(K2, K2tog, YO, K2) Repeat around ending with (K2, K2tog, YO, K1)

Row 3: (K1, K2tog, YO, K2)(K1, K2tog, K3) Repeat around ending with (K1, K2tog, YO, K2)

Row 4: (K2tog, YO, K3) Repeat around

Row 5: (K1, SSK, K2)(K1, YO, SSK, K2) Repeat around ending with (K1, SSK, K2)

Row 6: (K1, YO, SSK, K1)(K2, YO, SSK, K1) Repeat around ending with (K1, YO, SSK, K1)

Row 7: (K4)(K3, SSK) Repeat around ending with K4

Row 8: Knit

Row 9: K2, SSK, K2tog, K9, SSK, K2tog, K9

Row 10: K1, SSK, K2tog, K7, SSK, K2tog, K8

Row 11: SSK, K2tog, K2tog, K1, SSK, SSK, K2tog, K2tog, K3, SSK

Break yarn, weave tail through remaining stitches and pull tight.

Notes – optional

  • Cuff ribbing – I knit the knit stitches through the back loop to twist the stitches for better stitch definition
  • I added a lining by picking up the same number of stitches originally cast on from the inside of the cuff using a lighter weight yarn (same needle size). When lining reaches the point where the outer mitten gusset begin, start increasing for gusset stitches the same as original pattern and knit straight stockinette until lining reaches outern mitten top decreases, decreasing at top as follows:
  1. K5, K2tog around
  2. Knit 2 rounds even
  3. K4, K2tog around
  4. Knit 2 rounds even
  5. K3, K2tog around
  6. Knit 2 rounds even
  7. K2, K2tog around
  8. Knit 1 round even
  9. K1, K2tog around
  10. K2tog around
  11. Break yarn leaving a good lenth tail, thread through remaining stitches and pull tight

If you have questions about this bit, feel free to message me!